Walden S. Fabry was a studio portrait photographer working in Peoria, Illinois in the 1940s when country comedian Minnie Pearl persuaded him to move to Nashville. After establishing a new studio in downtown Nashville, Fabry became a favorite of country music stars, taking iconic images from the late 1940s through the 1960s. “He made us look glamorous,” Pearl said of Fabry. “He didn’t treat us like a bunch of ignorant people from the sticks. Instead, he treated us like Hollywood stars.” The Fabry collection of approximately 6,340 images and 2,286 prints is now part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Frist Library and Archive.
As of May 31, 2014